Last week, Microsoft announced its plans to discontinue the development of future versions of its Windows Home Server. And today the company released the first public beta of Windows Server 2012 Essentials which can be considered as a better replacement of Windows Home Server.
Windows Server 2012 Essentials beta is now available for download. During the announcement of Windows Server 2012 Editions the company explained:
Microsoft is combining the features that were previously only found in Windows Home Server, such as support for DLNA-compliant devices and media streaming, into Windows Server 2012 Essentials and focusing our efforts into making Windows Server 2012 Essentials the ideal first server operating system for both small business and home use – offering an intuitive administration experience, elastic and resilient storage features with Storage Spaces, and robust data protection for the server and client computers.
Windows Home Server 2011 is designed to provide affordable and easy solution for automated backups, stream media files and keep secure and safe home network; was released in April 2011.